Amid machine glitches and large voter turnout, Chief John Onunkwo, an Anambra chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the voting deadline for the governorship election beyond 2.30 pm.
“I call on INEC to give us additional three hours to accommodate the high number of people who have yet to vote; the complaints are everywhere,” NAN quotes Onunkwo as saying.
Onunkwo, who contested and lost the APC governorship ticket at the primary election level, made the call soon after casting his vote at Umuchu in Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
He commended INEC for introducing a new voting technology but complained that the technology was so slow that it left many unable to cast their votes.
Onunkwo noted that the 2:30pm deadline for voting had elapsed, yet many voters had yet to vote.
“Before now, it used to be an analogue election, but we are in the digital age, so there is bound to be hitches and I commend the efforts of the officials fixing the problem.
“There should be contingencies to address this situation; however, with the way the process is progressing, many voters will not be able to vote within the deadline,” he said.